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Forum topic by JasonZahn posted 01-02-2016 01:36 PM 491 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JasonZahn

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01-02-2016 01:36 PM

Happy New Year All,

I am looking for some help selecting bandsaw blades.

I finally ordered my first bandsaw, the Grizzly 0513anv, while it was on sale with free shipping. The saw takes a 131 1/2” blade from 1/8” to 1”.

I am looking for help in selecting a couple of good quality blades. I’d like to get a good resaw blade for this saw, and was wondering what size/tpi, brand, etc. peolple would reccommend for that. The specs on the saw says it is rated at 2hp on the 220v electric.

Also, what are folks using for general bandsaw work, breaking down materials, ripping, curves, etc..

Is a general blade and a dedicated resaw blade enough, or should I be looking more towards 3 or sdo different sizes/configurations to get started?


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fuigb

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#1 posted 01-02-2016 02:19 PM

Briefly, one blade won’t do it if you’re a woodworker. Go as wide as possible for resawing and remember the rhyme when choosing TPI: three from the tree (resawing green) but four from the store (more teeth for kiln-dried). Too many variables to account for to have a pithy answer for general use. things like stock, your projects, and skill make for a lot of combinations. If it were me I’d start with a low-cost 3/8s blade and then discover what sort of blade you need next based on the results of using it. Also, maybe find a place that makes blades to order from coil stock (look under blades in your phone book) as these are typically more affordable for similar quality stock blades from the usual suspects.

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bonesbr549

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#2 posted 01-02-2016 07:56 PM

Diff blades for diff purposes. I have several bandsaws, and set them up for diff purposes I have a big wide carbide blade on one for resaw, but on my main saw a 1934 delta, a good blade from timberwolfe and I have the carter stabliizer on it so its perfect for curves.

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Jim Finn

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#3 posted 01-02-2016 10:54 PM

I re-saw a lot of cedar , walnut and maple, but mostly cedar. I have used 5/8” Woodslicer blades and they re-saw very well but dull quickly. I now use “SuperCut” carbide blades for this. 1/2”. Last at least five times as long and are cheaper. I only use my band saw for re-sawing.

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shampeon

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#4 posted 01-02-2016 11:29 PM

I just ordered the cast iron model of the 17” Grizzly 0513. I also ordered a bi-metal Diamond 5/8” 4 TPI & 3/4” 2 TPI blade from here:
http://buyfromawoodworker.com/

I’ve used Timberwolf blades in the past, but found that I agree with some of the people here they dull fairly quickly.

I’ll use my 12” 1930s Craftsman bandsaw with a 3/8” blade for curved work, and the big one most for resawing and ripping.

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JasonZahn

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#5 posted 01-03-2016 07:15 PM

Thank you all! I appreciate the help. I’ll probably go with a 3/8” to start for general work, and a 1/2 or 3/4 for resawing.

Again, thank you!

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 01-04-2016 01:37 AM

If you get serious about resawing, look into the 3/4” bi-metal, 2-3 tooth blade from Timberwolf. I have one on my 17” Grizzly and it saws better/outlasts other blades I have used. But it is not cheap!

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